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MLSC 6003: Evidence-Based Practice in Medical Laboratory Science: Select a Database

Google Scholar?

What about Google or Google Scholar?

  • Imprecise searching
  • Results are numerous and not necessarily displayed in a helpful order
  • The sources searched by Google Scholar are not disclosed
  • Currently, it is unknown how often Google Scholar is updated
  • Useful for finding a specific article (search by title)

Select a Database

There are many good databases to choose from. Some recommended databases are PubMed, CINAHL, and TRIP.

To see a list of all databases that the library subscribes to go to: A-Z Databases.


PubMed logo


Contains references to scholarly journals in the areas of biomedicine and health. At the heart of this search system is the MEDLINE database, a premier collection of citations maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Offers access to over 5,400 biomedical journal citations from the U.S. and 80 foreign countries. Contains over 26 million references from 1946.

Specialized Tools:

  • MESH (Medical Subject Headings) - a controlled, hierarchy structured searchable vocabulary. (How-to search MeSH)
  • Filters - Search limits based on language, publication types, and age means that literature can be quickly sifted for relevant articles

For tips on searching PubMed see the PubMed: Ten Tips LibGuide.


CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Provides indexing for more than 4,500 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, with indexing back to 1937. Offers complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association, covering nursing, biomedicine, librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines.

CINAHL tutorial


TRIP: Turning Research Into Practice

​A clinical search engine designed to retrieve high quality research evidence such as systematic reviews, guidelines, medical images, patient leaflets, and peer-reviewed articles. 

"How To" videos


Scopus logo


Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. It includes scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. 

For tips on searching Scopus, see the Scopus LibGuide.